CN101553783B - For receiving the system and method for control command at ancillary equipment - Google Patents

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CN101553783B
CN101553783B CN200780044369.0A CN200780044369A CN101553783B CN 101553783 B CN101553783 B CN 101553783B CN 200780044369 A CN200780044369 A CN 200780044369A CN 101553783 B CN101553783 B CN 101553783B
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Abstract

A kind of ancillary equipment (20), including: file system manager (26), command interpreter (32) and controller (22).Ancillary equipment (20) receives file access command from main process equipment (40).File system manager (26) determines whether described file access command has embedding control command, if it has, then extract described control command.Described control command is sent to described command interpreter (32) by described file system manager (26).Based on analyzing described order, described command interpreter (32) makes described controller (22) perform the function selected at described ancillary equipment (20) place.

Description

For receiving the system and method for control command at ancillary equipment

Technical field

The present invention relates generally to ancillary equipment, and more particularly to the method receiving control command at ancillary equipment.

Background technology

Host computer and other electronic equipments can use USB (USB) interface be connected to various outside Peripheral equipment.Mass-memory unit, communication card, MP3 player and printer are only some examples of USB-compatible device.Ability USB interface known to territory allows ancillary equipment to use AN connector, and allows to incite somebody to action in the case of not restarting main process equipment Ancillary equipment is connected with main process equipment and disconnects from main process equipment.USB interface also provides external power source for some ancillary equipment.

In order to operate, ancillary equipment compatible for USB requires one or more device drivers are installed to main process equipment On.Device driver is the software program allowing the operating system on main process equipment to communicate with USB peripheral device.Although mostly Number operating system includes promoting the generic device driver with kind peripheral communications widely, but they are the most not Support all ancillary equipment.Such as, some ancillary equipment are able to carry out specific function, and therefore may need special equipment Driver extends its ability.Therefore, user may need to load and be driven by the special equipment of manufacturer's offer of ancillary equipment Dynamic program operates this ancillary equipment.Manufacturer often above distributes such special installation driver at compact disk (CD), or Make it can download via internet and obtain.

There is such a case that and be desirable to general WINDOWS class driver by the order from main process equipment It is sent to ancillary equipment.Such as, special device driver can be stored in the memory of ancillary equipment self by manufacturer In.When the user connects the peripheral device to the host, this ancillary equipment may initially manifest themselves as mass-memory unit To avoid unknown device mistake, until being mounted with suitable driver.In peripheral device memory, storage is " automatic Run " program automatically perform with by device driver install on the host device.Once it is mounted with correct driver, main Machine equipment just can send order with peripheral device, to be switched to normal mode.Use general for mass-memory unit It will be convenient that WINDOWS class driver sends switch mode command.

Summary of the invention

The present invention relates to for from main process equipment send order and at ancillary equipment at receive order method and apparatus.Example As, described order can be by main process equipment for controlling ancillary equipment to perform selected function.Ancillary equipment includes for depositing Store up the memory of file and for controlling the file system manager that the file of storage in this memory is conducted interviews.Main frame Control command is formatted as the file access command with predetermined virtual file as target by equipment.After receipt, ancillary equipment Identify the function that these virtual file access commands execution are associated.Therefore, the control of the virtual file access commands that disguises oneself as Order can be used for performing and traditional incoherent function of file operation.Such function includes but not limited to: represents periphery and sets Standby upper various interfaces also switch between two or more operator schemes.

In one exemplary embodiment, the control command for ancillary equipment is embedded or encapsulated in virtual file and accesses life In order.File system manager identification comprises the virtual file access commands embedding control command.When detecting, there is embedding control During the virtual file access commands that system is ordered, extract control command and also pass it to command interpreter.Therefore, such as read write command Conventional file commands can be used for send control command to ancillary equipment.The energy that control command is sent as file access command Power allows WINDOWS class driver and the peripheral communications of use standard and controls described ancillary equipment.

In one embodiment, ancillary equipment uses known interface (such as USB (USB) interface) to be connected to master Machine equipment, and include the memory for storing file, the file of storage in this memory conducted interviews for controlling File system manager and modem.When ancillary equipment is initially connected to main process equipment, this ancillary equipment is given tacit consent to Configure for mass-memory unit.By the control command of ancillary equipment being embedded in virtual file access commands, instruction This ancillary equipment switches between this default configuration and standard configuration.

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Fig. 1 is main frame and the block diagram of ancillary equipment according to an embodiment of the invention;

Fig. 2 is the concept map illustrating the method representing different peripheral interface according to an embodiment of the invention;

Fig. 3 is the flow chart illustrating the method receiving order according to an embodiment of the invention at ancillary equipment.

Detailed description of the invention

The present invention relates to the ancillary equipment of main process equipment and for the method receiving control command at ancillary equipment. Described order is embedded in the file access command sent by main process equipment, and can be used for controlling ancillary equipment and perform selected The function selected.As example, ancillary equipment can be controlled and switch between two or more operator schemes, or set based on from main frame The standby function selected by the execution of embedding control command received.

Fig. 1 diagram is applicable to the system 10 of one embodiment of the invention.System 10 includes ancillary equipment 20 and main process equipment 40.Generally, ancillary equipment 20 is connected to main process equipment 40 and operates under the control of main process equipment 40.In this embodiment, outward Peripheral equipment 20 includes nextport modem card NextPort, and main process equipment 40 includes calculating equipment, and it provides the user via wireless network (not Illustrate) ability that communicates with remote parties.But, these specific markers and its function being associated are for illustration purposes only.Peripheral Equipment 20 can include any ancillary equipment known in the art, such as mass-memory unit, MP3 player etc..Similarly, main frame Equipment 40 can be any kind of electronic equipment or calculating equipment, includes but not limited to: on knee and notebook, honeybee Cellular telephone, satellite phone and personal digital assistant (PDA).

Main process equipment 40 include host-processor 42, operating system (OS) 44, one or more device driver 46, with And the peripheral interface 48 by correspondence main process equipment 40 being connected with ancillary equipment 20.Host-processor 42 according to OS The instruction and data that 44 are associated controls the operation of main process equipment 40.Host-processor 42 can include one or more micro-process Device, microcontroller, hardware circuit, firmware or a combination thereof.OS 44 includes the one group of meter being stored in the memory of main process equipment 40 Calculation machine program, the hardware and software resource of its management main process equipment 40.As known in the art, OS 44 typically processing system Input and user input, and perform basic calculating task.Such task includes controlling and distributing memory, arrange for system request Row priority, promotion networking and management file system.OS 44 can be any operating system known in the art;But, Some most popular operating systems include WINDOWS, NT, LINUX, UNIX and MAC OS X.

Device driver 46 is stored in the software program in memory, and it allows main process equipment 40 and ancillary equipment 20 Communicate and control ancillary equipment 20.In the exemplary embodiment, ancillary equipment 20 can be used as modem 30.So, equipment Driver 46 can include the one or more modem device drivers for communicating with modem 30.As follows In greater detail, ancillary equipment 20 also can imitate the mass-memory unit that USB is compatible in face.Therefore, device driver 46 May also include the mass-memory unit driver for communicating with the ancillary equipment 20 as mass-memory unit.Some Operating system can provide standard or generic device driver so that what main process equipment 40 can be compatible with kind USB widely is big Capacity storage device communicates.As described below, main process equipment 40 can use these standard device drivers to send embedding control Order is to ancillary equipment 20.

Peripheral interface 48 makes it possible to communicate between main process equipment 40 and ancillary equipment 20.Ancillary equipment connects Mouth 48 can include the interface of any known type, as USB interface, FIREWIRE interface or other kinds of serial or parallel connect Mouthful.

Ancillary equipment 20 includes the modem 30 that can communicate so that main process equipment 40 with other equipment.Modulation /demodulation Device 30 allows the user of main process equipment 40 to lead to one or more remote parties and/or server via communication network (not shown) Letter.If main process equipment 40 is mounted with suitable modem device driver, then main process equipment 40 can be controlled via USB Device 22 processed sends with modem 30 and receives data.

Such as submit to, entitled " Methods, the Devices andComputer Program on November 29th, 2006 Products for Automatically Installing DeviceDrivers from a Peripheral Device Onto a Host Computer " patent application serial numbers 11/564, described in 553, ancillary equipment 40 initially can be by himself Show as mass-memory unit, to avoid unknown device mistake, until being mounted with suitable driver.Set in periphery In standby memory 28, " automatically running " program of storage can perform to be arranged on main process equipment 40 device driver automatically. Once being mounted with correct driver, USB controller 22 just can change from default configuration (such as, mass-memory unit) To standard configuration (such as, modem configuration).

Ancillary equipment 20 also includes USB controller 22, file system manager 26 and the memory being connected with interface 24 28.USB controller 22 controls the operation of ancillary equipment 20.USB controller 22 can include microprocessor, microcontroller, hardware electricity Road or a combination thereof.One function of USB controller 22 is to change the configuration of ancillary equipment 20.Such as, when ancillary equipment 20 first Secondary when being connected to main process equipment 40, ancillary equipment 20 can be configured to mass-memory unit by USB controller 23, to avoid the unknown Device Errors, until being mounted with suitable driver.After being mounted with suitable driver in main process equipment 40, The reconfigurable ancillary equipment of USB controller 22 is using as modem operation.

File system manager 26 is the software module controlling the access to memory 28.Specifically, file system management Device 26 receives file access command from main process equipment 40 and processes this document visit order.File system manager 26 can tradition Mode operates, and opens and closes file, reading file, write file, deletion file etc. to read.File access command can have Following grammer:

<order>[filename, parameter 1 ..., parameter n]

" order " part of file access command includes command term (such as, read, write, open), is mesh afterwards The title of mark file and one or more parameter.Required parameter can be dependent on the type of file access command and changes, And some parameters can be optional.Such as, order write (somefile.txt, " someletters ") makes character string " someletters " is written in the text of entitled somefile.txt.

According to the present invention, control command can be sent to ancillary equipment 20 as file access command from main process equipment 40. Modem 30 in ancillary equipment 20 can include command interpreter 32, for resolving and explaining by file system manager 26 It is delivered to the order of this command interpreter 32.File system manager 26 can be programmed to be identified as some file access command Relevant to controlling function, and it is treated differently these orders with normal file access commands.Such as, predetermined " virtual " file is quoted File access command can include pointing to modem 30 or USB controller 22 embedding or the control command of encapsulation.Make By the method, the standard AT command for modem compatible for Hayes can be embedded into as write data with predetermined virtual File is in the writing commands of target.As another example, the file access command pointing to predetermined virtual file can be dynamic with specific It is associated.Corresponding action is storable in the form in memory 28.Predetermined virtual when quoting in file access command During file, perform the predetermined action being associated with this order.Therefore, the order of opening with predetermined virtual file as target can be used for Ancillary equipment is switched to standard configuration (such as, modem configuration) from default configuration (such as, mass-memory unit). Different virtual file can be used to realize difference in functionality.

Such as, as in figure 2 it is shown, virtual file can be additionally used in the application program on main process equipment 40 or operating system represents The distinct interface of ancillary equipment 20.Example will be USB wireless modem devices.Special driver 50 may be installed and will make Access on the main frame OS 44 of difference " virtual " file with USB massive store driver 52.First virtual file 54 can be real Existing modem interface 60 the AT command analysis device 32 being connected in radio modem 30.This allows main process equipment 40 On special driver 50 represent modem interface 60 to main frame OS 44.Second virtual file 56 can represent Ethernet Equipment, it is allowed to special driver 50 represents Ethernet interface 62 to main frame OS 44.3rd virtual file 58 can provide wireless The access of the SIM in modem 30, to allow special driver 50 to represent intelligent card interface 64 to main frame OS 44.

Upon receipt of a file access command, file system manager 26 determines whether received file access command wraps Include one or more embedding control command.If it is not, then file system manager 26 is as traditional, process this article simply Part visit order.If file access command includes embedding control command, then file system manager 26 extracts control command, and Transfer it to command interpreter 32 for processing further.

Command interpreter 32 analyzes the order being delivered to it by file system manager 26, and based on this result, produces Signal is to control the operation of modem 30.As example, can be by including quoting as " write " data using AT order In the writing commands of predetermined virtual file, AT order compatible for Hayes is sent as file access command.Show as another Example, main process equipment 40 can send a command to ancillary equipment 20, so that ancillary equipment is being mounted with driving of modem 30 Configuration is changed after dynamic program.In one embodiment, command interpreter 32 produces in response to by file system manager The signal of the operator scheme of the order switching ancillary equipment 20 of 26 transmission.Such as, command interpreter 32 can make USB controller 22 By ancillary equipment 20 in operation for communication equipment and operation for optionally switching between mass-memory unit.

Fig. 3 illustrates for embedding control command is sent to ancillary equipment as file access command from main process equipment 40 One illustrative methods 70 of 20.Method 50 starts from ancillary equipment 20 and receives file access command (frame from main process equipment 40 72).File system manager 26 analyzes the file access command received to determine whether file access command includes embedding control System order (frame 74).Such as, file system manager 26 can be configured to the file access command by quoting specific virtual file Treat as control command.

If file access command does not include embedding control command, then file system manager 26 will process in a conventional manner File command, and process terminates (frame 76).Such as, file system manager 26 may be in response to open order open file with In reading, as long as this order does not include any embedding control command.But, if file access command includes embedded command, then File system manager 56 extracts control command (frame 78).Then the order of extraction is forwarded to file by file system manager 26 Interpreter 32 is for processing (frame 80) further.As it has been described above, command interpreter 32 can produce based on the embedded command received One or more signals are to USB controller 22, to control the operation (frame 82) of ancillary equipment 20.

Such as, the method sending an order part as driver set-up routine can be used for by described.Manufacturer can The specialized device driver being used for ancillary equipment 20 is stored in the memory on ancillary equipment 20.When periphery is set by user When standby 20 First Contact Connections are to main process equipment 40, himself initially can be shown as mass-memory unit to keep away by ancillary equipment 20 Exempt from unknown device mistake, until being mounted with suitable driver.Host-processor 42 on main process equipment 40 can be automatic Perform " automatically running " program of storage in ancillary equipment, so that suitable device driver is arranged on main process equipment 40 On.Once being mounted with correct driver, main process equipment 40 just can issue commands to ancillary equipment 20, with from default configuration (such as, mass-memory unit configuration) is switched to standard configuration (such as, modem configuration).Because ancillary equipment 20 quilt It is configured to mass-memory unit, so it may respond the order from newly installed driver inadequately.But, use Generic device driver in mass-memory unit can be used for switch mode command as file access as above Order is sent to ancillary equipment 20.

Certainly, the present invention can in the way of being specifically described here beyond other modes perform, without departing from the present invention Intrinsic propesties.Such as, above embodiments specifically describe file system manager 26 and support " write " file access command.So And, the invention is not restricted to this, and can be additionally configured to support alternative document visit order, such as " opening ", " closedown ", " read Take ", " printing ", " duplication ", " deletion ", " movement ", " lookup " etc..File system manager 26 can be configured to these files One or more being identified as of visit order has embedding control command.

It would be recognized by those skilled in the art that this order and feature list are not exhaustive, and file system management Device 26 can support alternative document operation and the visit order the most do not specifically noted.Therefore, the present embodiment in all respects by It is considered illustrative rather than restrictive, and is intended to include at this falling into meaning and the equivalency range of appended claims Interior all changes.

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1. the method receiving order at ancillary equipment (20) place, described method includes:
Have the file access command embedding control command in the detection of ancillary equipment (20) place, described file access command is with in institute Stating and realizing the predetermined virtual file of modem interface in ancillary equipment is target;
Described control command is extracted from described file access command;And
Process described control command to control the operation of modem.
2. the method for claim 1, wherein processes described control command and includes: the control command extracted be delivered to Command interpreter (32), and produce control signal to perform described order.
3. method as claimed in claim 2, wherein performs described order and includes: produce outside described based on described control command The control signal of the peripheral controls (22) on peripheral equipment (20).
4. method as claimed in claim 3, wherein said peripheral controls (22) are based on from described command interpreter (32) described control signal performs the function selected.
5. method as claimed in claim 4, the function selected in it includes the configuration of described ancillary equipment (20) from silent Recognize configuration and be switched to standard configuration.
6. method as claimed in claim 4, the function selected in it is included on described ancillary equipment (20) and represents selection Communication interface.
7. method as claimed in claim 6, wherein said file access command includes the first literary composition representing the first communication interface Part visit order, and also include:
There is the second file access command embedding control command in the detection of described ancillary equipment (20) place;
Described control command is extracted from described second file access command;And
In response to the described control command extracted from described second file access command, represent the at described ancillary equipment (20) place Two communication interfaces.
8. an ancillary equipment (20), including:
For described ancillary equipment (20) being connected to the interface (24) of main process equipment (40);
File system manager (26), it is configured to:
Detection has the file access command embedding control command, and described file access command is to realize in described ancillary equipment The predetermined virtual file of modem interface is target;
Described control command is extracted from described file access command;And
Command interpreter (32), it is configured to the operation processing described control command to control modem.
9. ancillary equipment as claimed in claim 8, also includes peripheral controls (22), and wherein said command interpretation Device (32) produces the control signal for peripheral controls (22) based on described control command.
10. ancillary equipment as claimed in claim 9, wherein said peripheral controls (22) solve based on from described order The described control signal releasing device (32) performs the function of selection.
11. ancillary equipment as claimed in claim 10, the function selected in it includes joining described ancillary equipment (20) Put and be switched to standard configuration from default configuration.
12. ancillary equipment as claimed in claim 8, also include for passing between described ancillary equipment (20) and communication network Send the telecommunication circuit (30) of data.
13. ancillary equipment as claimed in claim 8, also include the first communication interface and the second communication interface, be respectively used to by The communication network connection that described ancillary equipment (20) is different from first and second.
14. ancillary equipment as claimed in claim 13, wherein said command interpreter (32) is configured to:
In response to the control command being embedded in the first file access command, represent described first to described main process equipment (40) and lead to Letter interface;And
In response to the control command being embedded in the second file access command, represent described second to described main process equipment (40) and lead to Letter interface.
15. 1 kinds are used for the method receiving order at ancillary equipment (20) place, and described method includes:
Detection virtual file access commands, comprising: detection is to realize the pre-of modem interface in described ancillary equipment Determine the file access command that virtual file is target;And
Non-file function is performed in response to described virtual file access commands.
16. methods as claimed in claim 15, wherein said virtual file access commands is relevant to predetermined non-file function Connection, and described predetermined non-file function is wherein performed when described virtual file access commands being detected.
17. methods as claimed in claim 16, wherein said non-file function includes configuring from acquiescence ancillary equipment (20) Configuration is switched to standard configuration.
18. methods as claimed in claim 16, wherein said non-file function includes representing selection to main process equipment (40) Communication interface.
19. methods as claimed in claim 15, wherein said virtual file access commands comprises embedding control command, and its In perform described embedding control command when described virtual file access commands being detected.
20. methods as claimed in claim 19, wherein said non-file function includes configuring from acquiescence ancillary equipment (20) Configuration is switched to standard configuration.
21. methods as claimed in claim 19, wherein said non-file function includes representing selection to main process equipment (40) Communication interface.
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